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News Release

February 21, 2013

Multi-Agency Effort Disrupts Mexico-Based Drug Trafficking Organization

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today was joined by the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Western District of Texas), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local authorities to announce the arrest of 19 individuals as part of a long-term investigation into a Mexico-based cocaine distribution and bulk cash smuggling operation within Central Texas. More than 120 pounds of cocaine and $1 million in cash were also seized as part of the investigation.

“Today marks a milestone in disrupting a major Mexico-based cocaine trafficking organization that supplies narcotics to the Central Texas area and beyond,” said David Baker, DPS deputy director for Law Enforcement Operations. “Thanks to the efforts of DPS Criminal Investigations Division (CID) agents working in conjunction with our federal and local law enforcement partners, our neighborhoods are safer today with these individuals off our streets and behind bars.”

This case was initiated by DPS CID agents in 2011, which led to the multi-agency investigation by the Austin High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force made up of investigators from the following agencies: DPS, DEA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Marshals Service, Austin Police Department, Round Rock Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Cedar Park Police Department, Temple Police Department, Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Hays County Sheriff’s Office and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office. DPS Highway Patrol also assisted in this investigation.

More information on this effort and a list of the arrested defendants can be viewed here.

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